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Dairy free: Oatley oat cream is a winner!

Updated: Jun 6, 2022

Some products just really hit the spot and this just might be one of them.

Oatley oat cream seems to go down very well as a dairy free cream, and the more alternatives you can use when you are avoiding dairy just makes the dairy free diet so much easier.

The product is completely soy free which is great as often dairy and soy are excluded together due to their similar protein profiles.

Oat cream: low in saturated fat (BONUS!)

Saturated fat is simply just not compatible with long term good health and cream is full of the stuff. This oat cream alternative has significantly less saturated fat - 1.1 g - per cup (250ml) which is ridiculously low. Standard dairy cream (1 cup) has 30g of saturated fat which is rather a lot.

Oatley cream still contains fats (13g) from rapeseed oil which comes in handy if you are on a restricted diet and want to boost some healthier fats.

Is Oatley cream suitable for the low FODMAP diet?

This product is most likely low in FODMAPs for 1/2 cup or just under 1/2 cup, as is oat milk, although the product has not been tested by Monash University for FODMAPs. If you have a FODMAP sensitivity and are following the low FODMAP diet, test for your individual tolerance if your symptoms are stable by trying out a small amount and see how you go- for example 1/4 cup then trial 1/2 cup another day. If you seem to tolerate it and want more- give it a go!

Is Oatley cream suitable for the FAILSAFE or RPAH diet?

All was looking good but unfortunately the salicylate content of the algae (see ingredients below) is not known.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed*), Oats* (9%), Emulsifier (Rapeseed Lecithin*), Stabilisers (Xanthan Gum, Gellan Gum), Sea Salt, Algae (Lithothamnium calcareum).

All is not lost- if your symptoms are stable (or your baby's)- then test for tolerance and keep in if seems to not cause any issues.

Is Oatley cream gluten free?

Depends on where you live, outside America the oats used are not the 'non wheat contaminated oats' so not suitable for a person with Coeliac Disease. If you are mainly avoiding gluten for non Coeliac Disease reasons- it should be fine for you.

Oatley milk and calcium

Cream does not usually provide calcium into the diet so one would not expect oat cream to provide calcium as a replacement cream. Would be great if it did though (take note Oatly company!).

Could be a winner food to add to your dairy free diet - but if on the RPAH (Royal Prince Alfred Diet) or FAILSAFE elimination diet (same thing really)- then test for tolerance.

Same if you are on a low FODMAP diet..


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